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4/4/15

By J.J. IGIMS Games have been getting called early for the Avonworth baseball team, but it's not because of the weather.

The team won its first two games this season off of the ruling that ends a game once a 10-run lead has been established. During the sixth inning of the home opener against Quigley, the game ended with the score standing 10-0, and again last Tuesday when the team defeated Fort Cherry 10-0, ending the game in the fifth inning.

4/4/15

By JIM RUMBLE

After a couple of sub-par seasons for the Avonworth softball team, new coach Jenna Muncie will lead a relatively young team this year, but is looking forward to getting things turned around.

"Coming in we've tried to change the culture here a little bit -- we're taking softball more serious now," said Muncie, who was the head coach at Upper St. Clair for the past four years.

The Lady ‘Lopes opened their season this past Tuesday at OLSH and defeated the Chargers 13-3.

"We were driving the ball and that was big," said Muncie.

3/29/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes baseball season got under way when they hosted Quigley in a non-section game this past Tuesday.

Although the 'Lopes pounded out 12 hits on their way to a 10-0 blanking of the Spartans, coach Phil Coffin didn't seem to be too impressed by his team's play.

"I think we played lackluster today," said Coffin. "It's early in the season -- only our second time outside -- and I think we played much better last week in an exhibition game at Neshannock," he said.

3/23/15

Avonworth High School's girls' bowling team will take its perfect 10-0 season record to state championship competition, with playoffs beginning today in Lancaster. Pictured above, from left are Sarah Svoboda, Hannah Schoeppner, Lauren Schoeppner, Kimmi D'Ottavio, Emily Grambo, Kara Rudzik, Paige Adams, with coach Jeff Schoeppner.

Over the course of the season, the team lost just one game, to Bishop Canevin, and by only four points. While the team was disappointed with that loss, it did not blemish the perfect record, as each match is determined by best-of-three games.

2/28/15

When Darion Trimmer takes to the mat in regional wrestling competition at Canon-McMillan High School this weekend, he'll be relying on 12 years of experience and a level of dedication that only wrestling -- regarded by many as being the toughest nine minutes in sports -- demands.

Darion, a Northgate senior competing in the 132 lb. category, has prevailed through the regular season schedule as well as sectional and WPIAL meets to arrive at the last level before states.

He made it this far last year, as well, but fell short

2/24/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

After qualifying for the playoffs for their third straight year and defeating Chartiers Houston last Saturday, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their season come to an end Wednesday night as they failed to overcome a strong and powerful Lincoln Park team, eventually falling 66-41.

Both teams came out slow in the opening minutes of the game, but after Avonworth scored their first basket three minutes into the contest, both teams began to find room for shots, and they were able to open up offensively and take advantage of some opportunities.

2/24/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team advanced to the first round of the WPIAL playoffslast Saturday, making easy work of opponent Chartiers-Houston in a preliminary round game played at Chartiers Valley High School.

Led by Jamal Hughley, who finished with 19 points, the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Buccaneers 67-46.

"We came out and executed the game plan, recognized their main threats and tried to slow them down," said coach Dan Bradley.

2/24/15

No cheerleaders, no pep rallies, just lots of enthusiasm among members of the Northgate and Avonworth bowling teams, club sports at both schools.

Volunteer coaches Jeff and Julie Schoeppner have worked with the Avonworth team of 13 girls and seven boys for the past four years.

Julie notes with pride, "The girls have not even lost a game, let alone a match, so far this year."

The boys, on the other hand, have yet to win a match.

2/24/15

By TOM STEINER The Avonworth-Northgate wrestling squad may be lacking in numbers, but not in talent, with six wrestlers qualifying for the WPIAL wrestling championships. Qualifiers were determined by where they finished in the sectional tournament held last weekend at Avonworth. They include, in order of weight categories, Mariah Wasko, 113; Ken Azzarella, 126; Darion Trimmer, 132; Anthony Trimmer, 152; Brandon Wasko, 195; and Ka'Dale Coles, 285. For Northgate senior Darion Trimmer, this marks his second consecutive sectional title in the 132 lb. weight class.

2/23/15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was undoubtedly one of their better performances this season when the Avonworth Lady ‘Lopes met the Beth-Center Bulldogs in the preliminary round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday.

That was until Beth-Center took advantage from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 59-45.

"We finally did what we've been telling them all year," said coach Toni Roscoe of her team afterwards.

2/16/15

By MEL PERKINS

Last Friday's match-up between rivals Northgate (6-8, 7-15) and Avonworth (9-5, 12-10) carried no playoff implications because Northgate needed Avonworth to lose to OLSH the prior Tuesday, but the ‘Lopes didn't comply. The Flames, however, never known to back down from a challenge, defended their house until the end, but were unable to overcome the physical battle that was waged inside the paint, succumbing to the playoff bound Lope's 63 - 52.

2/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team closed out section play at North-gate last Thursday.

After leading by 16 points late in the third quarter, the Lady ‘Lopes managed to hold off a late comeback by a determined Flames team to pull out a 48-44 victory.

'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe felt that turn-overs were a major problem and that perhaps the teams' play was less spirited knowing that they have already secured a spot for the WPIAL playoffs.

The Lady ‘Lopes have not lost to the Flames since December 1992.

2/16/15

Northgate senior Darion Trimmer, wrestling at 132 lbs., defeated his Elizabeth Forward opponent with a second-period pin in his final home meet with the Avonworth-Northgate team. Trimmer's win advanced him to 25-7 on the season and qualified him, along with Brandon Wasko (16-15) at 195 and Ka'Dale Coles (25-6) at heavyweight.for post-season competition.

2/7/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes capped off this season's home campaign with an exciting game against the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers last Tuesday evening. It was senior night, and the team was set to send their seniors off with a victory against their section rivals, and they were able to do just that by getting a hard-fought 57-52 win.

2/7/15

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (6-7, 7-14) rallied late in the fourth quarter last Friday night to defeat the Sto-Rox Vikings (5-8, 6-14) 59 - 53. It was a hotly contested match-up, with seven lead changes and four ties. Northgate's defense and physicality won out, but not until the Flames had absorbed the best that the Vikings could throw at them.

2/7/15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth girls’ basketball team hosted Freedom in a crucial section match-up this past Monday.

Overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit, the Lady ‘Lopes turned it around with a strong second half to defeat the Bulldogs 50-46 and earn a playoff spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs.

"We were able to turn it around in the third quarter with rebounding and shooting the ball," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

1/26/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Last Friday, Avonworth welcomed the number-one ranked team in Pennsylvania, the Aliquippa Quips, to their packed gymnasium to engage in a contest some thought would be similar to last month's game -- a game where Avonworth struggled mightily in an eventual blow-out loss. This time, however, Avonworth looked like a completely different team than the one from a month ago, and they put a scare in the hearts of Aliquippa. They still were unable to come away with a win, losing a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, 75-61.

1/26/15

By MEL PERKINS

Darrell Barron is a senior guard on Northgate's basketball team this year, and Friday night, he achieved a major milestone when he scored his 1,000th career point.

Barron scored his 1,000th point in the third quarter of the game against Freedom, and finished the night with a career 1,004 points, with five games left to be played. Adding to this accomplishment is the fact that he did it in just three years, beginning his sophomore year.

1/26/15

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (4-5, 5-12) hosted the Bulldogs (0-9, 3-13) from Freedom High School Tuesday night, and battled back from a two-point deficit in the first quarter to win handedly by 33 points, 71 - 38.

The Flames were coming off a 65 - 30 Friday night loss to OLSH, and were looking to shake off the tough conference loss and get back into the win column.

1/26/15

By JIM RUMBLE

Last month the Carlynton Cougars dominated when they hosted the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, and last Thursday's game played on the Lady ‘Lopes' home floor was no different when the two teams got together for their rematch in section play.

"It was their press," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe after seeing her team overpowered 62-16.

Carlynton implemented their full court press again defensively for most of the first half and forced the Avonworth offense into one turnover after another.

1/9/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team snapped a five-game winless streak with a come-from-behind win when they traveled to Sto-Rox on Dec. 22.

The Lady ‘Lopes trailed 20-12 at halftime, but a 13-2 point advantage in the third quarter helped propel the team to a 32-30 victory and their first section victory on the season.

"We have a tendency to play down to competition, but we were able to overcome that," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

Katie Gould led Avonworth's offense with 11 points.

1/9/15

Undefeated in Section 6AA competition so far this year, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team is enjoying a season that already has several team members qualified for WPIAL competition in mid-February. Going into last night's South Fayette meet, the boys’ team stood at 4-0, and despite the girls' loss at one meet, the combined boys' and girls' points at that event pulled the overall team up to its 4-0 record.

With nearly 30 team members and only two of them seniors, those working with the program anticipate a bright future.

1/9/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball team rolled over the visiting Freedom Bulldogs last Tuesday, 76-38, to add yet another win to their overall record, which now stands at 6-6 on the season.

Both teams started off slow, and nearly halfway through the first quarter the score was only 2-0. After exchanging baskets for the next two minutes, Avonworth was up 8-7 before they went on a scoring streak and put up 11 unanswered points to close out the quarter with a 19-7 advantage.

12/8/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

After winning their first section title in 41 years, the Avonworth boys' basketball team will take the court Tuesday looking to expunge all doubts that they are once again the team to beat in the section this year.

Last year, the team undoubtedly had one of the best seasons Avonworth boys’ basketball has seen in a long time, finishing with a 17-6 regular season record and defeating Frazier in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. This year, they are looking to use that momentum to propel their team into a position to excel at an even greater level.